Legislature fills vacancy, names chairman and vice chairman

by Carol Thompson

The Oswego County Legislature named a new chairman and vice chairman to serve until the end of the year. The legislature also filled the vacancy created by the resignation of Fred Beardsley.

During Thursday’s session, Legislator Kevin Gardner was appointed to the legislature chairmanship in a 17-8 vote.  Gardner is replacing Beardsley, who stepped down last month to take the position of county treasurer.

Beardsley has served as the chairman and Gardner had served as the vice chairman.

Garnder and Legislator Margaret Kastler were nominated to the post. Kastler, along with her own vote, garnered the votes of legislators Jim Karasek and Shawn Doyle, both Republicans, as well as the five Democrat legislators.

Terry Wilbur faced competition from Democrat legislator Amy Tresidder and receive the same vote count for the vice chairman post.

Republican legislators approved the appointment of Hastings Town Supervisor James Weatherup to fill the District 9 seat vacated by Beardsley.

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Hannibal baseball team goes 2-4 in last six games

by Rob Tetro

The Hannibal Varsity Baseball Team has lost four out of its last six games.

April 26, an eight-run sixth inning helped Chittenango come away with an impressive win over Hannibal.

It didn’t get any easier when The Warriors took on Solvay May 1. Solvay scored seven unanswered runs en route to the win.

May 2, a late game surge helped Vernon-Verona-Sherrill top Hannibal.

A decent start helped Fulton come away with a 6-2 win over the Warriors May 3.

Hannibal finally snapped its losing streak when they took on Clyde-Savannah May 6. The Warriors scored six runs during the game’s final innings to ensure the shutout.

Hannibal went on to earn its second shutout in as many games when they took on Skaneateles.

The Warriors scored three runs during the first three innings of the game to set the tone for an impressive win.

In the Solvay game, Hannibal was led by Chris Benedict, Billy Cook and Greg Hadcock, who all had a hit.

Matt Wagner chipped in an RBI for the Warriors.

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Volney students learn about local government

 

 

Volney Elementary sixth graders took over the Volney Town Board meeting on Thursday as part of Government Day. Teacher Ms. Kimball has been involved in the yearly collaboration for 14 years. Students learned the roles and responsibilities of their local government.
Volney Elementary sixth graders took over the Volney Town Board meeting on Thursday as part of Government Day. Teacher Ms. Kimball has been involved in the yearly collaboration for 14 years. Students learned the roles and responsibilities of their local government.

by Nicole Reitz

Sixth graders at Volney Elementary School learned about their local government last Thursday by “running” the Volney Town board meeting themselves.

Senator Patty Ritchie and State Assemblyman Will Barclay were special guests at the meeting. They spoke about the roles and responsibilities of their jobs.

Ritchie explained that for the first half of the year she is in Albany working to pass the budget, make laws and work on a number of bills.

“A lot of bills that I’ve put in over the last two years have come from people like yourself and sometimes they actually come from an idea of someone your age,” said Ritchie.

For the second part of the year, Ritchie is back in the district representing her constituents.

“A lot of what we do is so different everyday, from trying to fight for more school funding to participating in fun things like parades,” said Ritchie.

Barclay spoke about his role as an Assemblyman, where he represents about 130,000 people. His primary job is to create laws for New York State. He joked that the senator was in the process of placing a law for a longer school year.

“We live in a great community here in Oswego County, one of the reasons is that we have people here that are willing to put the time in to make the community what it is,” said Barclay.

The senator and assemblyman handed out certificates for participation before the meeting was called to order.

As always, the meeting opened with a salute to the flag, a practice that the sixth graders are used to. From there, students were paired with town board members and other town officials.

Sixth-grade student Jadelyn James was paired with Volney Town Clerk Barbara MacEwen. James got the hang of carrying motions towards the end of the meeting.

Volney student Ana had what classmates called the most difficult job of the night: town supervisor.

Student Andrew Hyde said that he learned the functions of the Volney planning and zoning boards.

“Whenever you want to build something you first have to go to an officer and he’ll tell you if its okay to build there,” said Hyde.

Caleb from Mr. Cahill’s class said that while he thought government was interesting, he would rather do something else.

“The meeting was kind of confusing because we were new at it,” he said. “I’m sure if you go to be a professional at something, you would probably know more than we just did.”

“I learned that government is very complicated,” said Juliet, who played the role of town councilor.

Students in Kimball’s classroom are reading “Rats of NIMH,” a story that has underlying themes about society, dependence and government. They often talk in the classroom about the function of community and what role they play in it.

“They don’t stop to think that there’s a zoning board or a dog warden,” said Kimball. “It’s not part of their world. This day is one they won’t soon forget.”

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Protestors rally against treasurer appointment

by Carol Thompson

An informational picket in protest of the Oswego County Legislature’s appoint of former legislature Chairman Fred Beardsley to the position of county treasurer was held outside the county office complex Thursday as legislators met inside.

The protestors held signs as passing motorists slowed to read them and honked as they passed by the corner of East Second and Bridge streets.

Beardsley was named treasurer last month. For 90 minutes, legislators debated Beardsley’s qualifications and the lack of his answering any of his educational credentials.

“This appointment is not the people’s choice,” said protestor Judy Prosser of Hannibal. “It’s the choice of the Republican majority and was decided before the legislature even met.”

Prosser said those who supported Beardsley did so without knowing Beardsley’s qualifications.

“What are Mr. Beardsley’s qualifications for handling the finances of a multi-million dollar organization?” Prosser asked. “When this was asked on the floor (of the legislature) the response was that it was not a job interview. I beg to differ. The legislators were being asked to vote for an appointment without being given knowledge of the candidate’s qualifications for the job. That is just wrong.”

Protestors called for Beardsley to resign.

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Former Fulton laxmen win national championship

Former Fulton lacrosse players Ross Maxam (left) and Brett Williams (right) traveled to Long Island with their Onondaga Community College teammates May 11 and 12 to bring home the NJCAA National Championship. This was the Lazers fifth straight championship title and its 70th straight win, breaking the all-time record by any level college lacrosse team of most consecutive wins. Maxam will return next year to the Lazers while Williams moves on to join the Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team.
Former Fulton lacrosse players Ross Maxam (left) and Brett Williams (right) traveled to Long Island with their Onondaga Community College teammates May 11 and 12 to bring home the NJCAA National Championship. This was the Lazers fifth straight championship title and its 70th straight win, breaking the all-time record by any level college lacrosse team of most consecutive wins. Maxam will return next year to the Lazers while Williams moves on to join the Mercyhurst men’s lacrosse team.
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Newest Oswego High School Honor Society inductees welcomed

Oswego High School National Honor Society Owl’s Head Chapter held its induction ceremony recently. Pictured are the newest members of the National Honor Society.
Oswego High School National Honor Society Owl’s Head Chapter held its induction ceremony recently. Pictured are the newest members of the National Honor Society.

Traditionally, the first Sunday afternoon in May means that it is time for the Oswego High School National Honor Society Owl’s head Chapter induction ceremony.

As families, friends and faculty, along with some members of the Board of Education, gathered at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts, nearly 40 Oswego High School students were inducted.

Addressing the students and audience, Oswego High School Principal Brian Hartwell said, “When I reflect upon ‘What is Right with Oswego High School and what makes us a School of Excellence’ the answer is the leadership of our best and brightest.”

Continuing he noted, “Inductees, your accomplishments, coupled with your commitment and characters makes us all very proud. I encourage you to take time to reflect upon your journey to this point. I am sure that you will recall many of the exceptional teachers that made a lasting impression on you.

“When offering thanks to shoe that have helped you along the way, be sure not to forget your parents. Your accomplishment are a compilation of many years of education and certain a proud day for all of us.

“It is vital, however, to remember that the first teachers you ever had are your parents who have devoted their lives to you. They were your first teachers and your teachers for life.”

Owl’s Head Chapter Officers had a key part in the ceremony as President Catherine Wells, Vice-President Christina Abare, along with co-secretaries Jeremy Galvin and Sarah Mancuso were joined on stage by Treasurer Brianna Favata.

The officers introduced the newest inductees.

Included as the newest members of the National Honor Society were Rana Al-Salameh, Sean Benjamin, Shane Bowman, Molly Brown, Joshua Bucher, Josh Carney, Lainey Celeste, Meredith Chesare, Nora Culeton, Marguerite Dillon, Sage Dudley, Jacob Gardner, Gracie Gilbert, Kellie Gorman, Alexandra Henderson, Shea Hewitt and Kyle Kemper.

Also inducted were Katherine Knopp, Brianah Lane, Meghan Livoti, Mayraliz Lopez, Jordan McCauley, Paul Oleyourryk, Rachael Purtell, Reilly Patrick, Nicholas Reiner, Angie Rookey, Edward Sheridan, Brenna Sherman, Allison Smith, Zachary Smolinski, Christopher Sullivan, Kayla Volkomer, Kara Weiss and Nikolas Whiteside.

Principal Hartwell praised the academic achievements of the students. He said, “While this ceremony is to honor those students that have gone above and beyond in leadership, scholarship, character and service; this is not your finale. No, the certificates, medals, and applause are merely the beginning.

“Oswego High School, our community and eventually your nation will look to you and those like you to lead us deeper into the 21st century,” he added. “The commitment and character that you have demonstrated will serve you well as you continue your journey.”

He closed by saying, “Thank you for representing your family and Oswego High in such fine fashion. One again ‘Congratulations’. You should be proud of yourselves.” 

In and Around Hannibal: May 11, 2013

Rita Hooper 

706-3564

Twohoops2@juno.com

Wasn’t it nice to see the town a buzz with folks as they toured the community yard sales?  Twenty-seven sales had registered, but there were a number of procrastinators whose sales didn’t get listed plus a number who set up spontaneously.

Plan a head for next year – probably the first weekend in May – for the sixth annual community yard sale.

Thanks again and hats off to Carl and Barbara Salvagin for organizing this event. I’d be interested in hearing if any of my readers have other ideas/ways we can bring folks to town.

When we first came to down, we used to have Father’s Day at the Mill where steam engines were the draw.

But the mill was sold and that ended that event. But perhaps an outdoor quilt or art show might be worth considering. Just food for thought.

The library will be sponsoring an evening on the lawn I believe and then there will be the Concert in the Park in July 7. Fulton Community Band and Anybody’s Guess will be planning and one or two other groups. Those two events should help gather the greater Hannibal community together over the summer.

In the meantime, there should be enough to keep you all busy cleaning up after winter, and getting the gardens and lawns in shape.

Remember, spring is spruce up time. Hannibal is a good place to live — working together we can make it even better

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Senior Meals will be meeting for lunch at the Senior Center (Library) on Oswego Street at noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The menu for this week is

Monday, May 13: Open-faced hot turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, vegetable blend, fruit

Wednesday, May 15: Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, vegetable blend, juice, pudding

Friday, May 17: Chicken parmesan over pasta, vegetable blend, cookie

There will be games Monday, bingo Wednesday, and the video “Reminiscing through the 40s” Friday. Give Rosemary a call now and make your reservation at 564- 5471.

The Jammers will not be meeting this Monday — never on the second Monday of the month.

Wednesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at the town hall, (Cayuga Street) there will be an Informational meeting to learn about the up coming school budget. If you have questions and cannot attend the meeting, please call 564-7900 ext. 5005.

David Gray, Hannibal Town assessor, will be available to review the tentative tax roll May 16 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on grievance day from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please call for an appointment as that should delay any long waits.

May 18 is the Junior Prom – doesn’t seem possible the school year is almost over! But things are beginning to wind down at school and at the same time reving up with activities.

The school board election and budget vote is May 21 and in addition to the budget. There will be one proposition to establish a capital fund. The election of school board members will also be held at this time.  Four candidates, Janice Scott, Vern Cole, Donna Ingersol and Mireille Watts will be running for the three vacant positions.

In order to vote in school elections, you must be 18, a resident of the school district for at least 30 days and a citizen of the United States.  You do not need to be registered or a property owner. Proof of residency will be asked for.

The Hannibal Sports Banquet is May 22 at 6 p.m.

Music Boosters will meet May 23 in the high school library at 7:30 p.m.

School will be closed May 24 and 27 for Memorial Day!

The Hannibal Boy Scouts are selling “Camp Cards” as a fund-raiser. Those seeking more information may call 564-5630.

The United Methodist Church of Hannibal Center/South Hannibal, located at 512 Co. Rte. 21, Hannibal, will be having a chicken barbecue Sunday, May 19 from noon until gone. Dinner will consist of chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, roll, dessert and a drink.  Chicken halves will also be available.

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